1. B.A.D. Management Launches With Front Line

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff has joined with Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta and Virginia Davis, manager of Jewel, to create B.A.D. Management. “Virginia has shown natural intuition as a successful artist manager, and she was the only person we consider ...

  2. Lady Antebellum, Easton Corbin Lead ACM Nominations

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum and newcomer Easton Corbin lead the field for the inaugural American Country Awards with seven nominations apiece. Carrie Underwood is next with six nominations and Josh Turner has five. Country music's newest awards show debu ...

  3. Keith Urban Teams With Target

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Keith Urban releases his sixth studio album "Get Closer" on Nov. 16, he won't only get closer with his fans but he'll snuggle up with Target as well. The Grammy-winning country singer will release a deluxe version of the a ...

  4. Toby Keith's 'Gun' Fires At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One country superstar follows another as Toby Keith replaces Kenny Chesney atop the Billboard 200 with "Bullets in the Gun" selling 71,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey&qu ...

  5. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her ...

  6. CMA Donates $2.9 Million For Flood Relief, Music

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association is donating more than $2.9 million to Nashville-area flood relief and music education programs. The record donation comes from the net proceeds of this year's CMA Music Festival held June 10-13 in Nashville. The ...

  7. Kenny Chesney Poised For No. 1

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney seems to be on his way to capturing his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as industry prognosticators suggest his "Hemingway's Whiskey" is aiming to debut atop the chart next week. Those sources say "Whiskey ...

  8. BACKBEAT: The Secret Sisters @Joe's Pub

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Secret Sisters have had a busy year after being discovered in 2009 - quickly signing to Universal Republic and releasing their debut 45, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” with the help of Jack White and his own Third Man Records. On Sept. ...

  9. BACKBEAT: Jim Lauderdale, Webb Wilder, the Carter Brothers, Andrew Combs At SESAC Showcase

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On September 10, SESAC hosted a singer/songwriter showcase during the 11th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, held at Nashville’s Sheraton Hotel, which featured performances by an impressive array of singer/songwriters. Jim Lauderda ...

  10. BACKBEAT: Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum And More All Win Big At ASCAP Country Music Awards

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP hosted its 48th Annual Country Music Awards Sept. 14 at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Big winners of the evening included Alan Jackson ; Dierks Bentley , Songwriter/Artist of the Year; Josh Kear , Country Song of the Yea ...

  11. BACKBEAT: Ryan Bingham, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Jack White and Wanda Jackson At The Americana Music Awards

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ninth annual Americana Music Awards took place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 9 and celebrated a year’s worth of great American roots music. The highlights from the evening included the theme from film Crazy Heart earni ...

  12. Garth Brooks Song Becoming Lifetime movie

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Garth Brooks song is becoming a two-hour Lifetime TV movie. Inspired by the country singer's 1990 No. 1 hit "Unanswered Prayers," Lifetime has cast Samantha Mathis and Eric Close in the lead roles. The film centers on a man (Close ...

  13. BACKBEAT: Rosanne Cash Celebrates New Book with Sam Phillips and Notable Music

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips relaxed following “An Evening With Rosanne Cash: In Conversation with Marc Weingarten.” The event, held at Beverly Hills’ Sabaan Theatre on August 16 was in celebration of the publication of Rosanne’s autobiography “C ...

  14. Reba McEntire Signs With William Morris Endeavor

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed Reba McEntire to its roster, Billboard.biz has learned. A Nashville-based team will oversee bookings, and Rob Beckham (Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley) serves as responsible agent. WME's Beverly Hi ...

  15. BACKBEAT: Carrie Underwood plays the Minnesota State Fair

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood played the Minnesota State Fair on August 31, where she caught up with KEEY (K102)/Minneapolis PD Gregg Swedberg and Swedberg and APD/MD afternoon man JD Greene. Underwood is currently promoting “Mama’s Song,” the latest single fr ...

  16. BACKBEAT: Bo Bice sings American Anthem at season opener for the Tennessee Titans!

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bo Bice sang the national anthem at the home opening game for the Tennessee Titans on August 23, where he also caught up with consultant Joe Patrick (right) and Lofton Creek Records (LCR) President and Artist Consultant Mike Borchetta(left). The A ...

  17. BACKBEAT: Faith Hill and Billy Sherrill at the Country Music Hall of Fame's new Tammy Wynette exhibit

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN hosted a reception for its new exhibition Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music, Presented by Great American Country Television Network on August 19. The exhibit, which runs through J ...

  18. Brooks & Dunn End 20-Year Career At Nashville Show

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first song Brooks & Dunn ever sang together has become their last. The country music duo closed out a 20-year career at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night (Sept. 2) with their 1991 debut single, "Brand New Man," ...

  19. Miranda Lambert Makes History With 9 CMA Award Nominations

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert made history Wednesday morning when she was nominated for nine CMA Awards, the most ever for a female country music artist. She'll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton. Lady A earned the s ...

  20. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum Lead CMA Award Nominations

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Miranda Lambert leads the first round of CMA Awards nominations with five, followed closely by Lady Antebellum with four and Zac Brown with three. Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins as well as newcomer Easton Corbin have two each. Lambert is competing ...

  21. BACKBEAT: Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson Honored

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music community came together in Downtown Nashville on August 29 to celebrate pioneers Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson with the seventh annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award . Vince Gill hosted the ceremony for a packed ...

  22. Faith Hill Plays Free Show For Katrina's Victims

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill says giving back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill said before headlining a fr ...

  23. Brad Paisley Moves 51,000 Tickets In First Stadium Show

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley moved 51,000 tickets for Saturday’s show at Gillette Stadium near Boston. The date was Paisley’s first headlining stadium show and the only stadium date on the route of the country artist’s 2010 H2O tour. Sources tell Billboard.biz th ...

  24. Stadium Entertainment Readies CD To Benefit Fisher House

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Previously released tracks by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley will be included on "My Country: Smash Hits," a country music compilati ...

  25. Taylor Swift Goes Direct-To-Fan With 'Speak Now' Pre-Orders

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift’s upcoming album “Speak Now,” is being offered direct-to-fan with help from the social commerce platform of Web startup Moontoast.The deal is part of a larger partnership between the social company and Big Machine Records and The Valo ...

  26. Sony Teams With Country Label Down Under

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia is expanding its country music activities through an alliance with Core Music, the new label owned by producer Rod McCormack. McCormack's production credits include albums with the likes of ARIA winners Troy Cassar-Daley ...

  27. Alan Jackson To Be Honored By ASCAP

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson will be honored with ASCAP's Founders Award at the organization's 48th annual Country Music Awards on Sept. 14. The event is invitation-only and will honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most per ...

  28. Taylor Swift's 'Mine' Makes Swift Start At Radio

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Upon its release, radio is claiming Taylor Swift's "Mine" as its own. Rushed to iTunes Wednesday (Aug. 4), "Mine," the first single from Swift's forthcoming album "Speak Now," registered 321 plays on 134 pop ...

  29. Fox To Launch American Country Awards

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just what television needs: another awards show. Fox is set to announce today its intent to launch a country music awards telecast. The two-hour American Country Awards will premiere Dec. 6 live on the East Coast from Las Vegas. With ACAs coming t ...

  30. Big Machine Signs Rascal Flatts

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts has signed to Big Machine Records. The trio was previously signed to Disney-owned Lyric Street Records, which shut operations earlier this year. Radio is being serviced with the lead single "Why Wait" today and their upcomi ...

  31. Songwriter Margaret Ann Rich Dies

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Margaret Ann Rich, widow of country star Charlie Rich, has died aged 76 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Margaret Ann Rich, who died at home in Memphis, TN, on July 22, was a founding member of the Memphis branch of NAR ...

  32. Lady Antebellum To Play Debut U.K. Show

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum will play their debut U.K. show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Aug. 11th in support of their new single "I Run To You" (EMI), which will be released on August 9th. Live Nation is promoter for the one-off British theat ...

  33. BMI Country Awards Set For November

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 58th annual BMI Country Awards will take place November 9 at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville, according to the release. The event will be hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, along with Nashville writer/publisher VP Jody Wi ...

  34. New Taylor Swift Album "Speak Now" Out Oct. 25

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift will release her third studio album, "Speak Now" -- the follow-up to 2008's "Fearless" -- on Oct. 25, the country star announced Tuesday (July 20). Swift shared the news with her fans on Ustream and said the a ...

  35. Country Music: 'Our Tours Are Doing Great'

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While some pop and rock concerts have disappointed in 2010, the general opinion is that country concerts are having a great year. “There's not a single country artist out there that's not doing well," said manager Clarence Spalding ...

  36. Country Songwriter Hank Cochran Dead At 74

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold, has died. He was 74. Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hender ...

  37. Swift To Talk 'Fearless' Follow-up On Live Chat

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift will host a live chat to talk with fans about a new album. Swift said she's always getting questions from fans via the Internet and social networking sites. Next Tuesday (July 20) she'll be providing answers about her follow ...

  38. Hill, McGraw-Led Flood Benefit Raises $2.2 Million

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Rising benefit concert led by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw has raised over $2.2 million for flood victims in middle Tennessee. The total came from sold-out ticket sales, donations and sponsorships. It will be distributed through the Com ...

  39. Free Buffett Beach Show Draws Crowd On Oil Coast

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tens of thousands of people dressed in Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats sang and danced on a broad beach at a free Jimmy Buffett concert meant to show not all the tourists are covered in oil on the Gulf Coast. The July 11 show, which was telecast l ...

  40. Nashville Music Council Sets Goal Of Being Global Music Capital

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Music Council, a 50-person-strong collection of industry leaders, assembled with Mayor Karl Deal on Tuesday to present its goals for making Nashville a global music capital. "Simply put, Nashville has the potential to be the epi ...

  41. Jimmy Buffett Plans Free Concert On Alabama Beach

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett and a few of his friends plan to give a free concert on the Alabama coast to show support for the Gulf region. Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell says show will be July 1 on the beach at Gulf Shores. Buffett's website says the ...

  42. Country Music Legend Jimmy Dean Dies

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country music artist Jimmy Dean, who topped the charts in 1961 with the crossover hit "Big Bad John," and later became a sausage entrepreneur, has died, police said on Monday (June 14). Dean, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, d ...

  43. Country's Biggest Stars Out For CMA Music Festival

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard Country Music Summit, click here . For full coverage of the BCMS, click here . Country music’s biggest stars are mostly working for free this week as the CMA Music Festival ...

  44. VIDEO: Digital Strategist Pinky Gonzales Outlines Successful Digital + Mobile Strategies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital strategist and adjunct professor of new media at Belmont University Pinky Gonzales sat for an insightful post-panel session at the Billboard Country Music Summit. Here he discusses some of the major challenges in the digital space, highlig ...

  45. VIDEO: ASCAP Exec Tim Dubois Talks Songwriting, The 'Creative Catalyst' and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tim Dubois, VP/managing executive of ASCAP Nashville chats will Billboard.biz after the Publisher's Roundtable at the Billboard Country Music Summit. Dubois talks about how ASCAP is acting as the "creative catalyst" for the industry ...

  46. VIDEO: Country Artist Gary Allan On Tour Plans, Songwriting and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Gary Allan sat with Billboard at the Billboard Country Music Summit and discussed his upcoming touring plans, his songwriting process, bull riding and more. For more exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billb ...

  47. VIDEO: Martina McBride Talks Kid Rock, Her New Album and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Martina McBride sat for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit and dished on her collaboration with Kid Rock, her new album and more. For more exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard C ...

  48. The Five Funniest Lines from Billboard’s Country Music Summit

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard’s first Country Music Summit, held earlier this week in Nashville, overflowed with great insights from some of the industry’s top executives and minds. It was full of laughs, too. Here are the five funniest lines from the conference. -- ...

  49. VIDEO: Blake Shelton Talks The '6-pack,' Miranda Lambert and more

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Blake Shelton talks with Billboard.biz at the Billboard Country Music Summit about his upcoming "6-pack" album, if he'll stick with this format, thoughts on one of Miranda Lambert's biggest hits and more. For mor ...

  50. VIDEO: Exec Steve Hodges On Keys To Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker's Success

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Capitol/EMI Nashville senior VP of promotion Steve Hodges took part in the a panel discussion about the changing face of country radio at this year's Billboard Country Music Summit. In this after-panel exclusive video, Hodges discusses the ke ...

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